INCLUSION PROCEDURES: Through the mission of the Los Angeles Archdiocese, HFGS strives to serve children with varied learning needs so they may be successful in all aspects of school life. All educators in Archdiocesan schools follow “Directions for the Inclusion Process in Catholic Schools: Support Team Education Plan Process (STEP) and Minor Adjustment Plan Process (MAP).”

The initial STEP process involves a school support team that consists of the parents/guardians, the classroom and/or homeroom teacher, the school administrator and/or the STEP team coordinators, other school personnel, and the student, when appropriate. The goal of the team is to gather information and work together to support the student’s educational needs in the classroom. The STEP team reviews report cards, standardized test scores, cumulative records, work samples, discipline records, and other data. The team will use the data to create an individualized action plan to identify your child’s strengths and areas of concern, implement support strategies, identify responsible persons, and schedule timelines for progress.

If the parent disagrees with the outcome of the STEP process and if the information gathered during the STEP process provides evidence that a student has a disability, the parent may request a Minor Adjustment Plan (MAP) under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The process that follows the MAP can be further discussed by the STEP team coordinator.